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Having access to the PARP:PS database was invaluable when developing the Sangro Valley Project’s database and paperless workflow (see my first post for an overview and this post for more background information). In that sprit of cooperation I have made available an unlocked version of the database originally developed for the SVP. The database – which we have dubbed “Cera,” the Latin word for a wax writing tablet – can be downloaded here (see licensing below and in the ReadMe file that comes with the database). You can no longer download a demo of FileMaker Pro 11 directly from FileMaker. The file will work with the demo of FileMaker Pro 12, but it will need to be converted first.

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#hth2012 is the hashtag for the High Tech Heritage 2012 conference currently being held at UMass Amherst. Lots of good tweets coming from that conference. I especially like Eric Kansa’s summary of Frank McManamon’s Plenery talk.

Bill Caraher blogging at The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World yesterday posted a link to a demo of a new iPad app for trench side data collection at PKAP. Actually he originally linked to this page on April 20 but yesterday he gave a little more information. This seems to be a custom app written by Sam Fee from Washington and Jefferson College.

Bill is more heavily invested in linking social media to his field project than most people I know and the description of his use of iPads reflects that.

This summer, we’ll extend our social and new media reach into the field. Messiah College – one of our three co-sponsoring institutions – will provide the project with iPads for the students to use in the field, the museum, and the hotel. They should be able to publish photographs, video, and reflections directly from the field.

So the iPads are to be used to document more than just the archaeology but their use will expand to allow the students to be able to record and upload their own thoughts during the project.

There are several people that I know who are writing custom apps for their field projects. Most of them are in testing stages and there is very little that I know about how they are accepted by the teams and how the data collected is integrated into the larger data workflow. But the best part about Bill’s approach to archaeology is that I won’t have to wait long to hear about it.

Noel Hidalgo Tan from the Australian National University has recently presented a paper at the Australian Archaeological Association on his use of tablets to record the location and motif details of rock art in Thailand. He uses the full range of the hardware including the camera, GPS, and audio recordings for lengthy descriptions. He has blogged about the paper and has uploaded the slides from his presentation.

He uses slightly different software than we do at Pompeii, and I will have to check out Tap Forms, his preferred database app.


You can download the current version of the PARP:PS database here.

I blogged about the database I used at the start of the 2011 field season. This post references the database that I used at the end the field season. The earlier database syncing was working well for about a week and a half. That is when I discovered a couple of problems.

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